Self-driving taxis roll out in Singapore – beating Uber to it

Nutonomy has begun the world’s first consumer trial of driverless cabs in Singapore – the first self-driving taxis anywhere in the world

When Uber announced on 18 August that it would let the public hail self-driving taxis in Pittsburgh before the end of the month, some autonomous vehicle experts could not believe it was happening so soon.

In fact the $60bn multinational has just been scooped by Nutonomy, a small MIT spin-out whose electric self-driving cabs have already started picking up real customers in a Singapore business park. Initially, riders will use Nutonomy’s own app to summon hail a Mitsubishi i-Miev or a Renault Zoe, ramping up to a dozen vehicles in the coming months.

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Hail progress: Singapore launches world’s first ‘self-driving’ taxi service

Trial allows selected passengers to hail a computer-controlled car on their smartphones, with a human driver and co-pilot riding shotgun

The world’s first “self-driving” taxi service has been launched in Singapore – albeit with a human backup driver and co-pilot on board for the time being.

Members of the public selected to take part in the trial would be able to hail a free ride through their smartphones, said nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup.

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Peter Thiel has backed a startup that makes it easier to sue – and win

Legalist uses a database of legal records to determine the likelihood that a case will succeed, and can fund the suit in exchange for up to 50% of the judgment

Peter Thiel has backed a small legal startup that has developed an algorithm they say will allow a would-be litigant to learn if they are likely to win their case.

Legalist, founded by two Harvard undergrads, uses a vast database of local legal records to determine the likelihood that the case will succeed: and if the algorithm says the case can win, Legalist funds the suit in exchange for up to 50% of the judgment.

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MPs say Facebook, Twitter and YouTube ‘consciously failing’ to tackle extremism

Action to date by social media companies to remove Isis propaganda and hate speech described as ‘drop in the ocean’

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been accused by MPs of “consciously failing” to combat the use of their sites to promote terrorism and extremism.

Related: Twitter suspends 235,000 accounts in six months for promoting terrorism

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